Water, Water, Everywhere! (with apologies to Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
A quick ride up to Dunsmuir took me and my friend and tour guide, Stephanie, to two beautiful waterfalls... Hedge Creek Falls, with a cave behind the falls that notorious stagecoach robber Black Bart used for a hideout, and Mossbrae Falls, a wide series of beautiful falls cascading down a steep rock face covered with lush green vegetation.
Both locations were a welcome cool contrast to the 100 degree heat of the day.
The walk to Hedge Creek was short and sweet, maybe a hundred yards, but quiet and pretty and easily accessible even by moms with strollers.
The walk to Mossbrae Falls, on the other hand, was a bit longer, yet much more exciting. In order to get to Mossbrae Falls, you have to walk a mile alongside an active railroad track, keeping an eye out for the trains that seem to run every hour. If you're not careful, you could be living a scene right out of the movie Stand by Me.
The path to the falls is just before the track's 1901 truss bridge, which, in itself is an exciting walk, as it crosses the river at over 100 feet in the air. I'll make sure to get some great images on my return visit next week.
(photo courtesy of Stephanie Berg)